One Small Stone—Step—At a Time

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The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. ― Confucius

 

Today’s quote is the same as many others such as:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

 

And:

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

 

And:

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 

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Your homework today is to take the next step. Break it into the smallest increments possible because then you’re more likely to do them. They’ll be much less overwhelming and they’ll easily fit into the little pockets of time you have throughout your day.

If you’re still having trouble doing them, choose one of the quotes in this post to keep handy. Repeat it to yourself often. Let the wisdom and encouragement of the quotes give you the boost you need to follow through on doing the little specks and jots of steps.

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Work and Luck

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The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.

– Harry Golden
A former acquaintance would frequently say “If it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all!” On the surface, that sounds kind of funny and it can ring true but it isn’t a good motto to have. It undermines initiative and with that motto you don’t put forth your best effort. It’ll cause you to think “Why bother? I never have good luck; nothing works out for me.”

As today’s quote says, hard work trumps hard luck every time. In fact, the busier you are with the work that needs to be done—the work that takes you down the pathway to your dreams—the more likely you are to come across opportunities and options that you wouldn’t have if you didn’t take the initiative and didn’t keep giving it your best effort no matter what.

And, when others, especially those who espouse the motto of my former acquaintance, see what you’ve done and the opportunities that seemed to fall into your lap, they’ll say that you’re lucky. But you’ll know the truth: doing the work that needs to be done—the work that moves you closer to your dreams—is responsible for all the things that seem to fall into your lap.

Keep doing the work because it’s your lucky charm!

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Your homework is to take the next step! Break it into smaller and smaller bits, jots, and specks until you get to the pieces that are just the right size for you. Then do them—and watch your luck turn for the better!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Keep on Keepin’ On

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If the day looks kinder gloomy   

And your chances kinder slim,  

 If the situation’s puzzlin’   

And the prospect’s awful grim,   

If perplexities keep pressin’   

Till hope is nearly gone,   J

ust bristle up and grit your teeth   

And keep on keepin’ on.

 

  Frettin’ never wins a fight

 And fumin’ never pays;   

There ain’t no use in broodin’   

In these pessimistic ways;   

Smile just kinder cheerfully   

Though hope is nearly gone,   

And bristle up and grit your teeth   

And keep on keepin’ on. 

 

There ain’t no use in growlin’  

And grumblin’ all the time,   

When music’s ringin’ everywhere   

And everything’s a rhyme.   

Just keep on smilin’ cheerfully   

If hope is nearly gone,   

And bristle up and grit your teeth   

And keep on keepin’ on. 

~Anonymous.

 

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Your homework today is to take the next step. Break it into small parts and little pieces. Break those into tinier and tinier bits until you come to ones that fit easily into your schedule and that can fly under the radar of your resistance.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Be Glad!

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As a continuation of Cheer Up Day yesterday (click here to be taken to that post), today your homework is to be glad.

Here’s a poem that reminds us it’s the simple and seemingly common things that are the most profound and precious:

 

I’m glad the sky is painted blue;    

 And the earth is painted green;   

And such a lot of nice fresh air     

All sandwiched in between.

~Anonymous

 

Enjoy the day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Happy Cheer Up Day!

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Today is Cheer Up Day.

Your homework is to look for the small delights that can bring cheer into the nooks and crannies of your life.

Here are images to start you off!

 

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Enjoying family and friends;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A child’s smile and to hear their laughter and excited shouts as they play;

 

 

 

 

 

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Appreciating the freedoms we take for granted;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delighting in Mother Nature’s fanciful treats;

 

 

 

 

 

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Knowing you have what it takes to make your dreams come true; it’s just a matter of time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Review Your Week: George Washington

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Your homework today is to take a page or two out of George Washington’s book—the way he lived his life.

As you review your week, run it through the filter of George’s habit of purposely tuning out the negative voices—his and others’. He steadfastly focused on thoughts that supported and empowered him, made a plan for dealing with setbacks, then steadfastly carried it out. He developed rock-solid resolve by moving forward one step at time, no matter how small or humble they were.

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Remember that you don’t have to be perfect in these attributes, just show improvement—even just a little bit. It all adds up!

Note the improvements and the progress you’re making and then celebrate these. Small bits of advancement are just fine.

Follow through on celebrating! It’s crucial to acknowledge your victories because every single one of them is essential to your success.

If you feel awkward having a “big” celebration, a small, quiet one is just fine, too.

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Tips from TV: George Washington and Rock-Solid Resolve

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I was thinking again about the program on the History Channel that I saw regarding George Washington and his transformation into a warrior and our country’s Commander-in-Chief. One thing is really sticking with me and that is how he did not let himself become humiliated when he suffered the terrible setback when he was a young officer in the British Army.

He did not give in to the negative thoughts that were probably running through his mind. He didn’t listen to others who were probably telling him that his chances of achieving his dreamed-of military career were over forever.

It took rock-solid resolve to tune out all the negative voices—his own as well as other peoples’, especially when they made good, solid, logical, hard-to-refute sense. 

How did he do this, how did he develop this tenacious resolve?

He did it by tuning out one negative voice at a time. He probably didn’t try to tackle all of them all at once. He took them one at a time and tuned them out one by one.

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Your homework is to work on your rock-solid resolve. Think back to the times when you were resolute and tenacious. What helped you be that way? Do you find that with a good night’s sleep you’re more likely to roll up your sleeves and dive in? Do you notice that when you’re properly nourished you’re more apt to give it one more shot, and then another one, and one more after that? Perhaps you find that you’re more likely to hang in there in the morning whereas the afternoon is tough for you.

Make a note of the ways you can support and help yourself in being a person of rock-solid resolve.

The next part of your homework is to think of something you’re putting off or dragging your feet about tackling. Decide now, today, to do something—a small something—about it. If you try to do too much too soon, chances are you’ll find yourself stumbling. But if you break it into little bits and pieces then resolve to do them one little bit and one little piece at a time, you’ll find you’ll be much more successful.

Go ahead and do it now, I know you can!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren